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Tahoe Chief’s Corner: Christmas Tree Chipping program returns

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza
Mike Brown

Incline Village General Improvement District’s Waste Not Program and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District have joined efforts again to offer the annual free Christmas Tree Chipping program.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents may drop off their Christmas tree anytime between Dec. 24 and Jan. 30, 2015, at Preston Field, 700 Tahoe Blvd. located off Highway 28 near Highway 431 in Incline Village.

Also, returning this year is the offering of a free “Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling Roundup” during the week of Jan. 5-9.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents may place clean trees curbside on their standard service day that week for recycling collection conducted by Waste Management.

Maximum length curbside is 3 feet. Larger trees placed curbside must be cut down to 3-foot lengths.

Please take care to remove all ornaments, tinsel, nails, wire and other items that may cause harm to the tree chipper or operator.

The chipper will not accept stumps, wreaths or yard waste and is not designed to accept cut up trees, branches or bushes — only Christmas trees.

This Christmas Tree Recycling service helps save our natural resources, landfill space and protects the clarity of Lake Tahoe.

All trees dropped off at Preston Field will be chipped and used as mulch for local erosion control projects.

All trees left curbside will be taken to the landfill so please take advantage of this environmentally friendly program.

Last year, this program recycled almost 25 tons of trees.

Help us to recycle, and set a new record this year!

We encourage all Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents to take advantage of this recycling program and to utilize the many community recycling programs and services.

For more information on WASTE NOT programs, please contact Sarah Vidra at 775-832-1284 or visit http://www.ivgid.org.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.